Nerdie Foodie: Christmas Carbs Edition

Welcome to another Foodie Friday posting! This one is going to be slightly different since the theme for this week is “what Christmas means to us” here at NC headquarters. My favourite childhood Christmas memories revolve around the annual family Christmas dinner. The Christmas meal is what brings family together, to spend time together and create memories worth keeping for years to come. My favourite part of the meal is the dessert (and snacks!).  As some of you may know from the very first Foodie Friday post, I love to bake. So I thought what a better way to bring back fond Christmas memories by taking a look at the different Christmas desserts from around the world (well a few places from around the world, otherwise I would be 1000 pounds  heavier and we’d be here all day and night!). Let’s go!

Bûche de Nöel

This is the yule log dessert from France. Laura E. Vein (from Sweet Treats) shows us how to make one with decorative meringue mushrooms! Check out the recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Sweet Treats)

(Photo Credit: Sweet Treats)

Panettone

A special bread originating from Milan, Italy, panettone is eaten during the Christmas holiday. Sonia Peronaci, an Italian chef (from Giallozafferano) shows us how to make this Italian traditional Christmas delicacy below! (Side note: after much research, quite a few people have mentioned to insert 2 wooden dowels/sticks or long knitting needles through the base of the cake so that you can flip it upside down and suspend it onto two boxes on either side or into a tall mixing bowl with the skewers placed on top of the mixing bowl rim. If you don’t have anything to skewer the cake with, you can place it on a rack to cool and dry)

Weihnachtsstollen or Christstollen

A German Christmas bread that is on the sweeter side, Jutta (from Hungry Little Girl) shares with us her recipe for Christmas Stollen with us here!

(Photo Credit: Hungry Little Girl)

(Photo Credit: Hungry Little Girl)

Christmas Plum Pudding (aka. Figgy Pudding)

This Irish/English Christmas delicacy is shared with us by Nigella Lawson (I love her style of cooking!). Check out her recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Nigella Lawson)

(Photo Credit: Nigella Lawson)

Pepparkakor

Pepparkakor is the Swedish gingerbread cookie. Duane (from Cottage in the Oaks) shares with us Pippi Longstocking’s pepparkakor cookie recipe here! Who can’t forget that bright red head kid with a pet monkey and horse?

(Photo Credit: Cottage in the Oaks)

(Photo Credit: Cottage in the Oaks)

Speculaas

Speculaas or Speculoos (whichever way you spell and pronounce it) are Dutch Christmas cookies (the rolling pin looks really cool in this article!). Irvin Lin (from Eat the Love) shares with us his recipe and how-to here! (Side note: You’ll need to scroll towards the bottom of his post to find the recipe)

(Photo Credit: Eat the Love)

(Photo Credit: Eat the Love)

Zimtsterne

These Christmas cookies can be found in both Germany and Switzerland. Thorsten Kraska (from My 2 Penn’orth) shares with us his recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Thorston Kraska)

(Photo Credit: Thorston Kraska)

Turrón de Navidad

This Spanish almond and honey candy is a traditional Spanish Christmas treat! Diana Bauman (from Nourished Kitchen) shows us her recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Nourished Kitchen)

(Photo Credit: Nourished Kitchen)

Natilla

This Christmas dessert is a sweet custard from Colombia. Erica Dinho (from My Colombian Recipes) shares with us her grandmother’s natilla recipe here!

(Photo Credit: My Colombian Recipes)

(Photo Credit: My Colombian Recipes)

Buñuelos

These flower looking fritters are a Mexican Christmas tradition! Maria Garza (from The Latin Kitchen) shows us her recipe here!

(Photo Credit: The Latin Kitchen)

(Photo Credit: The Latin Kitchen)

Now all you are missing is hot cocoa!

Till next time,

Stay nerdalicious and Merry Christmas!

-Jen

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